Thursday, August 09, 2012

Let's just ease our way into Fall, shall we?  Summer's not quite gone yet!

Champagne is the perfect project to take you from late August into the cooler days of September and October.  It's a feminine vest that can be worn right now with a tank and shorts, and can be paired with longer sleeves and pants once the weather turns.

Champagne's details are delicate, and designed specifically to flatter your body.   The entire design began with this lace motif, which I thought  would be beautiful in a slightly rustic yarn.  I've used it on both the front and back,  slightly tapering  the width as you go from the bottom up. 

As the lace moves up the front of the sweater,  it slants to one side, creating a bias across your natural curves, and skimming over the midsection.  By the time you reach your V neck, it's lined up perfectly to edge the center.


 A-line shaping keeps the sweater loose around the hips, but brings it in for a nice fit in the bust.  I felt this would be more comfortable on a hot day, and more flattering once you wanted to layer underneath.

The Cotton Comfort is a beautiful lightweight yarn from Green Mountain Spinnery.   The mix of soft Organic Cotton and delicate fine wool creates a lovely, delicate fiber that's a joy to work with and easy to wear.  The 19 (yes, 19!) available colors  are beautiful, and it's got a little texture to it, which I love.   Plus, you can feel good about your knitting when you use it, since it's made without chemicals or petroleum based products up at the Spinnery in Putney, Vermont. 

If you are noticing the new model around here, she's my sister Melissa!  She's way cuter than I am and recently moved back to Boston from the West Coast, so Caro and I decided to spice things up by popping her in here for the sleeved pics.

I was able to play stylist for a change.

You may see her again.  Especially since her new place is directly between Caro's and mine.


Champagne is available on the sidebar to the left and on Ravelry for $6.50.  All the details are here, but a few are below.

Yarn:  Green Mountain Spinnery Cotton Comfort,  in Winter Beech.  180 yds per skein
Sizes:  32(34,36,38,40,42,44,46,48,50)
Project Yardage per Size:  750(800,850,900,950,1000,1050,1100,1150,1200)
Needles:   US #4/3.5mm or size to obtain gauge
Gauge:  5.5 stitches and 7 rows per 1", after blocking in stockinette.  Note that row gauge is very important in this design.

The sweater is knit in the round from the bottom up, with minimal seaming.  As always, I have included instructions in the pattern about adjusting things for your body.  Shaping along the sides can easily be altered if you prefer a different width through the body.  Length can be altered as well, but row gauge is important when planning vertically, as it affects the lace movement.   Take a look at the great sweaters my test knitters did on this one - it really did flatter everyone!  In planning your mods, do note that this is an intermediate to advanced level pattern. 


As for a drink,  we had a little fun with Champagne around here.  My neighbor brought over some blueberries, and we have mint all over the backyard, so the combination of the two seemed perfect for a hot summer night.   The key with a champagne cocktail is to have it cold, so make sure the champagne is really chilled, and put your glasses in the fridge for a few minutes before serving.

 (This seemd like the right name -  for the folks at Green Mt Spinnery)

Put 4-5 blueberries in the bottom of a champagne glass and poke them a few times to release some juice.
Add 3-4 shakes of lemon bitters.
Pour ice cold champagne into glass -slowly.
Garnish with mint leaf (smush lightly before tossing in) and lemon peel.   




Suze said...

Well, I think you and your sister are both lovely models! And the pattern is great - despite my gauge issues, I really did enjoy test knitting it :)

Seanna Lea said...

That looks like a lovely pattern.

Oh, and would you like some mimosa sorbet to go with your cocktail?

Thea said...

YES.... :)

and thank you.

AntiquityTravelers said...

yeah! Melissa is back in town. cute sweater (on both of you!)

kate said...

Another gorgeous pattern!

diana said...

Love this sweater! And your sister is a cutie!